About Pyramid Lake Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Located at the foot of the Pyramid mountain, Pyramid lake is about 1.2 square km in area. The lake drains into the Athabasca river through a 2km Pyramid creek. There is an island in the Lake, named Pyramid Lake Island, connected by the wooden foot bridge. The picnic shelter built in 1933 , at the island is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building.
You may be interested in Patricia Lake located next to Pyramid Lake.
What to do at Pyramid Lake Jasper?
Things to do at Pyramid Lake Jasper
Appreciate the serene beauty of the lake back dropped by the Pyramid mountain as you hike along the 2 km lakeshore trail.
Walk (wheel chair accessible) along the wooden bridge to the Pyramid lake island, and picnic at the log frame pavilion/picnic shelter.
Have a beach day at the lake (located opposite side of the lake).
Canoe, Kayak or go sailing at the lake.
Fish (May 17 – Sept 1). National park license required. Bait banned.
Good birdwatching spot to see herons, loons & chickadee.
Spot wildlife including beaver and elk near the lake in the morning and evenings.
Watch a million stars from the Pyramid Lake Island at night (Jasper is an official Dark Sky Preserve). Join for ‘Astronomy on the Island’ program conducted by Parks Canada at the Pyramid Lake Island.
Aurora-gazing on Pyramid Island part of Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Pyramid Lake in Winter
Snow shoe along the Lake trail.
Ice skate or play shinny hockey on the Lake.
Go for sleigh rides.
Cross Country ski at the many trails of Pyramid bench or at the Pyramid fire road trail (15 km return). Dogs allowed at Pyramid fire road trail. Trail head for Pyramid fire road trail – At the far end of the Lake.
Have a winterlicious time at the WiNTERSTRUCK during Jasper in January Festival taking part in Dog sledding, Ice Skating & Snowshoeing, Fire Starting & Bannock Bake, Sleigh Rides & Snowshoeing.
Pyramid Lake Hike / Mountain Bike Trail
Enjoy this easy 5.2 km one way (elevation gain: 118m ) trail that starts near the Jasper Activity Centre parking lot and end at the end of the Pyramid Lake road, near the wooden foot bridge. If starting from Jasper centre, a portion of the trail, which is also part of Cottonwood creek trail, is heavily used by horseback riders (expect horse dung). – Trail map
Pyramid Lake Mountain Bike trail is an intermediate trail that connects to the harder Palisades Lookout and Pyramid mountain bike trails.- Trail map
Trail head GPS : 52.880656,-118.085894 (approximate)
Guided tours at Pyramid Lake Jasper
Sundog toursprovides guided canoeing tours at the Pyramid lake which lasts ~ 3 hours (the whole tour start to finish).
Check at Jasper Adventure Centrefor guided snowshoe tours.
How to get to Pyramid Lake Jasper?
Pyramid Lake Location & Directions
Located next to Patricia Lake, Pyramid lake is ~ 5km from the 4 way junction of Pyramid Lake road & Bonhomme street. To reach the Pyramid Lake beach, turn left just before the lake and take the Pyramid lake road.
Pyramid Lake Island is accessed through a short walk from the parking lot located 1 km from the Pyramid Lake resort.
The road to the Pyramid Lake beach is closed in winter.
GPS : 52.915087,-118.089945. Check the Google map tab for direction.
How much to see Pyramid Lake?
Free with National Park Admission.
Sleigh rides: $25.00 per person; (Free for children under 5) (Ph: 780 852 7433)
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When to visit Pyramid Lake?/h3>
Year round. Activities vary depending on season.
Pyramid Lake Fishing season: May 18 to September 2.
Sleigh rides ~ Weekends January Mid to End of March
What about Pyramid Lake Amenities, Accessibility & Parking?
Parking available. Picnic tables. Wheelchair accessible. Washrooms.
Restaurant. Pyramid Lake Resort.
Pyramid Lake Boat Rentals
Canoes,Kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats and motor boats are available for rent from the resort.
Canoes,Kayaks, rowboats : $ 40 for first hour , $ 25 extra per additional hour. Paddle boat: $45.00 for one hour.
For snowshoe rentals –see here